Read for the Record

Amy Wu and the patchwork dragon book coverJumpstart Selects Simon & Schuster’s Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon for Annual Literacy Campaign, Read for the Record®


What is Read for the Record?

Jumpstart Read for the Record is an annual reading celebration that highlights the need for quality early education in America by mobilizing adults and children to set a record for the largest shared reading experience.  United Way of Southwest Minnesota coordinates this event throughout southwest Minnesota in schools, childcare centers, and libraries in the counties of Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, and portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles, and Redwood. All materials and books are provided by UWSWMN and donated to the sites following the reading.

Local 10 Year Stats

  • 26,175 children have been read to
  • 1,094 volunteers have read
  • 300+ locations/classrooms

In 2020, we celebrated 10 years of Read for the Record in southwest Minnesota!

The SMSU Mustang Men’s Basketball team members read the Read for the Record books featured since 2011 throughout the month of October!

Big thanks to Coach Bigler, Tatum, Llama Llama Red Pajama and Stanger for helping us set a world record on October 29th!  We helped facilitate the book reading at 154 locations, including classrooms, child care centers and libraries throughout southwest Minnesota!  #ReadfortheRecord  

The books and links to watch can be found below.